Sol­diers give petrol to mo­torists as scarcity hits Ilorin

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

Fuel scarcity has hit Ilorin, the Kwara State cap­i­tal. Daily Trust re­ports that sev­eral petrol sta­tions within the city have been un­der lock and key since Fri­day.

Some res­i­dents at­trib­uted the de­vel­op­ment to al­leged plan by tanker driv­ers to em­bark on strike while oth­ers said deal­ers were hoard­ing the prod­uct over fear of re­duc­tion in pump price.

But yesterday, a mild drama en­sued at a petrol sta­tion in Tanke Oke-Odo, Ilorin yesterday, as gun wield­ing sol­diers in­vaded the sta­tion and sold fuel to mo­torists and other users free of charge.

It was learnt that sev­eral petrol users had formed a long queue at the sta­tion in an­tic­i­pa­tion of sale of the prod­uct, but the sta­tion re­fused to dis­pense.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that the queues dis­rupted ve­hic­u­lar move­ment in the af­fected ar­eas.

Com­ment­ing, fac­tional chair­man of In­de­pen­dent Petroleum Mar­keters As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (IPMAN), Kwara State chap­ter, Mr Ab­dul­rasheed Olopade, at­trib­uted the cri­sis to non­avail­abil­ity of fuel at NNPC de­pots in the western zone.

He said only Apapa de­pot in La­gos was sup­ply­ing the prod­uct.

Olopade urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to do some­thing about the sit­u­a­tion.

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